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SME access to finance

In the future, conditions will be tighter as regards access to bank credit for small companies everywhere in Europe, and also for medium-sized companies in many countries. Innovative policy thinking is needed to improve SME access to the non-lending financing routes: venture capital, mezzanine finance, private placement, crowdfunding, access to financial markets, etc.. 

Deploying SME-geared EU financial instruments is also part of the solution. The European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) has the potential of supporting additional SME and mid-cap investment at a level of 75 billion euros over 3 years. The European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the member states should take creative measures for encouraging blending of private money with EIB money and national funds, with a view to supporting SME investment.

Upcoming Events


Organised on the initiative of the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of SMEs of Belgium, the event will feature a series of high-level panels dedicated to the theme of SME financing. Participants will be guided through five compelling panel debates, exploring diverse facets of SME financing. This...


Daniele Olivieri

Deputy Director for Entrepreneurship & SMEs
+32 2 237 65 48
Last updated: 28 February 2020